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Josh Kurtz: What 3 Bills Tell Us About Larry Hogan

Well, of course Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was going to veto the bill creating an oversight board for the state transit system. And the proposal to expedite funding for a new Potomac River crossing in Southern Maryland. And the measure to establish a commission that advises the state Board of Education. These bills are direct challenges to Hogan’s authority, and his vetoes set up yet another series of showdowns with the Democratic legislature. The media will undoubtedly focus on this tension in the months leading up to the 2017 session, when lawmakers consider whether to try to override his vetoes. But in many ways, Hogan’s disposition on three other pieces of legislation in recent weeks was more significant – because it said a lot about Hogan’s strategic thinking. The first was his decision to sign a bill expanding access to contraception and other reproductive health services in Maryland. The second was... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: A Boost for Baltimore: “Meet Local”

In August the National Urban League will hold its annual conference in Baltimore, an event that will provide a huge economic boost to the city. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people will attend the event, August 3 - 6, fueling an estimated $4.2 million into the local economy. The civil rights organization’s executive leadership and Board of Directors ultimately selected Baltimore. But it was the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s president and CEO, J. Howard Henderson, who diligently went to work behind the scenes last summer to convince national leaders to pick Baltimore. “I really felt the convention needed to be held in Baltimore this summer so we could shine a light on the city and show everyone that Baltimore is far better than what people may have seen on The Wire,” Henderson said, referring to the HBO crime drama series based in the city. The civil unrest of last spring unfortunately... Continue reading
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Audio: Center Maryland Post Primary Election Call

KOFA Public Affairs' Rick Abbruzzese was joined by Center Maryland's Josh Kurtz and other Maryland political insiders to discuss the state's primary election results and preview the general election.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: How We Got Here

If current polling holds through November, the next president of the United States will be detested by roughly two-thirds of the electorate. That is a very frightening notion – and a very sad commentary on the state of American politics. But why shouldn’t voters detest the likely major party presidential nominees? Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are pretty detestable. Of course, there are different degrees of detestability.  Trump, the vulgarian with the orange hue and comical hair, a misogynist, a racist and a narcissist, fanning the flames of fear, with no grasp of policy and a temperament that could literally lead to chaos and apocalypse, is clearly unqualified to be president. That’s why so many Republicans are embarrassed that he’s wound up as their presumptive nominee. Hillary Clinton is surely one of the most qualified White House candidates in recent memory. She’s smart. She’s knowledgeable about the issues. She has... Continue reading
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Sponsored Video: Maryland Horse Industry Day 2016 Highlights

On February 23, 2016, residents from across the state flocked to Annapolis to celebrate the depth and breadth of the horse industry in Maryland. State government leaders and horse lovers alike came together to promote the equestrian and agricultural industry's rich contributions to the state. Watch the highlights above. Featured speakers included: Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford; John McDaniel, Chairman of the MD Racing Commission; Jim Eichhorst, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture; Dr. Kathleen Anderson, President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Senator JB Jennings (R-07); Delegate Seth Howard (R-30B); Mark Belton, Secretary of Natural Resources; David Brinkley, Secretary of Budget and Management; Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture. ... Continue reading
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